Michael Dennis O’Donovan, 72, of Anacortes, Wash., passed away at Skagit Valley Hospital, surrounded by his family, Nov. 4, 2014.
Mike is survived by his wife, Carol, of 53 years; daughters, Peggy Carter and Tricia Johnson; sons-in-law, Roger Carter and Dave Johnson; grandchildren, Caitlin, Anna, Jordan and Gracie; sister, Yvonne Bates; brother, Bob O’Donovan; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Mike was a devoted father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Rosalie O’Donovan, and brothers, Larry and Freddy O’Donovan.
Mike loved being outdoors but especially near the water. He was happiest when he was fishing, crabbing or clamming, feasting on his catch with his family. He enjoyed traveling with Carol since retiring and any time spent hanging out with his family.
Mike served 23 years in the U.S. Navy, reaching the highest rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer before retiring from the military in 1983. He then went on to work for the Department of Defense, civil service for 22 years and retired in October 2007.
During his time in the service, he received many commendations and awards, including an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Vietnam Service Medal to name a few. He also served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War.
A private, family service for Mike will be held Friday, Nov. 21, at Tahoma National Cemetery, where Mike will also be laid to rest. Mike is in the care of Kern Funeral Home.